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We love books. Tell us about your favourite books and authors, and why they are so good. And while you're at it - having dined out for years on the time I threw Dan Brown out of a train window - tell us who to avoid.

(, Thu 5 Jan 2012, 13:40)
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I cant remember the fucking titles!
in secondary school in holland I read a book which had been translated from the original german into dutch. It was aimed at teenagers and tackled the thorny issue of global thermo nuclear war.

Itwas fucking brutal!

It followed a family making a journey during the aftermath of ww3.

Tons of people wilt and die. Ithink tbe daughter dies. Then the mother goes into labour with a baby which has been gestating for months in a highly radioactive environment.

Given the linguistic challenge (I was just beginning to really grasp dutch) I didnt follow that chapyer well. It ended in a death but I couldnt figure out if it was the mother or the baby. So, I re read it. I can still remember where I was when I clicked to the fact that the mother AND the sprog had snuffed it. Andthe baby had no eyes.

The book ended with some sort of plea from the children of the world to stop racing towards the abyss.

There was another book I read at about the same time (in english this time) about 2 jewish brothers who build up an oil trading empire (i remember they were jewish because there were several scenes in which they visoted their mums for matzah ball soup)

At their height one of the brothers goes to an art auction and bids a 9 figure sum for van goghs sunflowers He outbids a property tycoon and later trades the painting and a large sum of money for a prestigeous building to serve as their hq.

Anyhoo they hit the skids and end up gambling billions on the currency markets before getting well and truly fuckex when they lose it all.


they were/ are probably shit but I would like to have them in my library anyway.

(, Mon 9 Jan 2012, 20:40, 6 replies)
It was 'A Go On Your Mum' by A.Wayne Kerr

(, Mon 9 Jan 2012, 21:53, closed)
Lowest form of wit.

But it could've been "One up the bum, no harm Done" by Phil McCravis.
(, Mon 9 Jan 2012, 22:11, closed)
The 1st 1 sounds vaguely
like Long Voyage Back by Luke Reinhart.
(, Mon 9 Jan 2012, 22:13, closed)
first one sounds like quality required
school reading esp if this was in the eighties. remember The Day After? Had to watch that in class one day aged 15. did my head in for a while.
(, Tue 10 Jan 2012, 4:24, closed)
Threads is more terrifying

(, Tue 10 Jan 2012, 9:50, closed)
Firebrats was my apocalypse fiction of choice, as a pre-teen.
Once I'd run out of Tripods books, anyway.
(, Tue 10 Jan 2012, 11:19, closed)

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